Category: Case Studies

Uponor Sustainability Report Card helps motivate long-time plastic fittings supplier to embrace sustainability improvements

Circle Pines, Minnesota-based, injection-molding company more than doubles its vendor report-card score in only two years by aggressively boosting its performance in energy conservation, packaging materials, health and safety audits, and other areas.

BY JOHN O’REILLY

APPLE VALLEY, MINNESOTA — Few things in this world can be factually characterized as truly “unique” — as in “one of a kind,” “nothing like it anywhere else.” But for Eric Eichten, “unique” is an absolutely spot-on summation of the three-year-old Uponor Sustainability Report Card questionnaire process.

University of Iowa Visual Arts Building masterfully integrates striking aesthetics with innovative mechanical systems

Five-story, 126,000-square-foot, LEED® Gold building features numerous structural and mechanical innovations, including a thermally activated, bubble-deck slab, providing radiant cooling as well as radiant heating on six levels.

BY JOHN O’REILLY

IOWA CITY, IOWA — The Visual Arts Building (VAB) at the University of Iowa is a marvel of both aesthetic design and mechanical engineering. Six years in the making and completed in October 2016, the award-winning, 126,000 square-foot structure blends the artistry of the renowned Steven Holl Architects (New York) with an array of innovative mechanical systems that smoothly integrate with Holl’s aesthetics while meeting the numerous, industrial-like requirements of this challenging space.…